Tag: Electric Chair

130th Anniversary of the First Man to Die by Electric Chair - William Kemmler

130th Anniversary of the First Man to Die by Electric Chair - William Kemmler
In 1881, in Buffalo, N.Y., former steam-boat engineer, dentist, and inventor Alfred P. Southwick witnessed an intoxicated man die instantly after inadvertently touching the terminal of a large generator.   Southwick had been thinking about a more humane way of executing condemned criminals and electrocution he thought could be the answer. After David B. Hill was... Read more »

The Last Execution by Electric Chair in Chicago

The Last Execution by Electric Chair in Chicago
Today, February 18, 2015, is the 270th anniversary of Italian Physicist Alessandro Volta.  Volta is credited with inventing the first chemical battery and actually separated and identified the odorless gas, methane.  You can probably deduce by his name that the term to describe electric potential (the volt) is named in his honor.  Actually, since he... Read more »